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Robert Capa, a famous photojournalist once said, a�?If your pictures arena��t good enough, youa��re not close enough.a�? Ita��s not just about zooming in with your lens, either. Ita��s about getting physically closer to people and getting to know them better. Ita��s also about spending a little time with a stranger before taking their photo. That helps build the trust and comfort thata��ll come through in your pictures. Walk up to your subject with a simple wave and a smile to help communicate that you mean no harm.

Ask permission to take a photo if they speak the same language as you. If you dona��t share a language, try learning some basic phrases ahead of time, gesture at your camera and ask through expression.A�Of course if someone doesna��t want their picture taken, ita��s imperative to respect their wishes and move ona�Sa��a�Speople are always more important than photographs. National Geographic writes that a�?making great pictures is primarily a mental process.a�? What makes you want to photograph the person or place? How might you describe it to a friend, and what adjectives would you use? Are there details you can focus on that tell a story?


Maybe ita��s a dry, arid desert, captured by focusing on the patterns of cracked earth. Or a prairie thata��s photographed with the horizon at the bottom of the frame, to help create a sense of the open sky and tranquility. Or maybe ita��s the story of a deft artisan, fingernails covered in wet clay as she molds a pot. When youa��re on the road it can be tough to eat right and make sure you get all the right nutrients. I started taking daily supplements of Multi-Vitamin, Fish Oil capsules and Vitamin D and it helps a lot. Especially the Vitamin D since I dona��t get to see the sun a lot during the winter in Sweden.

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Ita��s difficult to recreate the grandeur of a vast landscape in the confines of a picture frame. But one way to add a sense of depth to your photos is to compose them with objects in the foreground that support the scene. It can be as simple as a winding road through a national park, or some rocks to show off the local geology.

If youa��re taking photos of people during normal daylight hours, a quick way to get more flattering light is to move the person out of direct sunlight. The light is much a�?softera�? and doesna��t cast stark, unflattering shadows across their facial features. Even better, have someone stand next to an open door or window as the single source of light.

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